Mateo Kovacic has had a difficult season at Stamford Bridge having joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. The Croatia international has found himself in and out of Maurizio Sarri’s side at times this season, with Ross Barkley providing competition for a place in the starting line-up. Kovacic has struggled to stamp his authority on games in the midfield in his first season in English football, and it was a similar story for 24-year-old against Manchester United on Sunday. In the opening 45 minuets in particular Kovacic, and his team-mates, struggled to handle the energy and pressing of Manchester United’s midfield, making it difficult for them to get into their passing rhythm. A criticism of Kovacic from many Chelsea supporters is that he does not add creativity from midfield, with Kante providing the energy and Jorginho helping Chelsea control possession, the Blues are in need of someone to add some creation to their midfield. However, Kovavcic, like the rest of his team-mates, did improve after the break and Chelsea were able to claim a point with the game ending 1-1.
This is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets below:
Sarri needs to take kovacic off
— Lewis (@Big_Game_Player) April 28, 2019
— ????SSG The Boss???? (@psalmshe) April 28, 2019
Also I’ve never known a midfielder to offer less in every aspect than Kovacic… just a nothing player
— SWH (@MadMontana) April 28, 2019
Higuain and Kovacic must go!
— Michael Zhou (@Mick_Z04) April 28, 2019
Kovacic, honestly what's the point?
Watch Ruben achieve more in the final 15 minutes of the game.
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) April 28, 2019
Another game to add to the 'Kovacic is our worst ever signing' portfolio. #MUNCHE
— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) April 28, 2019
Kovacic off for RLC please he's gonna get sent off
— Scott (@KepaBall) April 28, 2019